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Friday, July 01, 2005

Blogging the Supreme Court Nomination

Posted by Bob Brigham

Swing State Project will be closely following the battle. It looks like we won't be the only ones...

Knight Ridder:

O'Connor's resignation creates the first Supreme Court vacancy in 11 years, and the confirmation process will play out in the relatively new world of 24-hour news, Internet interest groups, ideologically driven bloggers and polarized politics.

USA Today:

Adding to the heat: the insatiable appetite for news and opinion on the 24-hour cable networks and the expected intense interest of some bloggers and others on the Internet, which barely existed during the Thomas and Bork debates.

Another Knight Ridder:

Finally, the contest is the first since the opinion-a-minute world of bloggers and the Internet have joined cable TV and talk radio in stirring the passions of both right and left. It's a political echo chamber that demands confrontation, not compromise, to keep people tuning in or contributing money.

"It will not be pretty," said Dennis Goldford, a political scientist at Drake University in Iowa and author of a recent book on the ways courts interpret the Constitution.

Interesting to see how the press is viewing blog involvement. No mention of Open Source research and what is anticipated to be the fastest, most thorough vetting in the history of politics.

That is why Bush needs to consult with the Senate. Americans want Bush to nominate somebody everyone can agree upon, somebody who will protect our fundamental rights.

Posted at 08:48 PM in Supreme Court | Technorati